Study Guide

A Thousand Splendid Suns Characters

By Khaled Hosseini

Laila

If Laila went to your school, she'd be one of the cool kids. She's pretty, smart, and confident....

Mariam

We're going to let you in on a little secret—Mariam is the real hero of A Thousand Splendid...

Rasheed

There are some characters that seem like bad guys at first glance but reveal a soft heart when...

Tariq

If ABC decides to start filming The Bachelor: Kabul, then we'd like to formally nominate Tariq...

Aziza

Aziza is a sponge. Like most kids, she soaks up the influence of her environment. The only catch...

Babi (Hakim)

We're not going to sugarcoat it: Babi is a nerd. Frankly, we wouldn't be surprised to find a...

Jalil

If we got the cast of A Thousand Splendid Suns to put on a stage production of The Wizard of Oz,...

Mammy (Fariba)

It wouldn't be too shocking to say that Laila has mommy issues. Her mother, Fariba, pretty much...

Mullah Faizullah

Mullah Faizullah is the conscience perched on Mariam's shoulder. Even when things are the...

Nana

Nana has had a hard life, and it has made her into a hard woman. It's hard to look at her story...

Zalmai

Zalmai's personality lands somewhere between his parents, Laila and Rasheed. When he's with...